All That Glitter
Blue Vault © Raïssa Venables
Jewel Room © Raïssa Venables
Green Vault © Raïssa Venables
Red Rooms © Raïssa Venables
Oyster Bar © Raïssa Venables
Red Hall © Raïssa Venables
Rehearsal Hall © Raïssa Venables
Pillnitz Palm House © Raïssa Venables
Duomo © Raïssa Venables
Corner Cabin © Raïssa Venables
Temple Emanuel © Raïssa Venables
Atrium Ceiling © Raïssa Venables
Villa Wahnfried Entrance © Raïssa Venables
All That Glitters is a body of work comprised of large format, highly saturated color photographs of interior spaces that are excessively opulent - old, modern or manufactured. I meticulously construct an image from dozens of photographs taken of a particular room in order to present a more encompassing visual experience of the place. As I photographically reconstruct these rooms, I experience the spaces in an obsessive manner that allows me to know them intimately. I do away with photography’s conventional one point perspective as I play with multiple vanishing points. My new perspectives form impossible architectural puzzles that seek to conjure, deceive and disorient. The result is the creation of glittering, dreamlike and other worldly manifestations of already fantastic interior environments.
As with my earlier work, Public Spaces and Private Spaces, I want to convey a particular psychological experience of the rooms I choose to photograph. In the piece “Blue Vault”, the glossy psychedelic wallpaper and tight quarters made an intense impression upon me. I repeat the patterns of oval shells by overlapping different photos of the wall, cutting out certain parts and revealing numerous viewpoints. They intertwine with each other in areas creating a new mesh pattern.
In other sections, washes of translucent colors and pattern blend together hinting at deeper layers of space. All four walls are visible, yet the only sign of a door is a reflection in the mirror; however, even the reflection of the nonexistent door is ungrounded, floating above a second mirror. My goal is to portray this place as a world unto itself, eroding, shape shifting and seductively shiny.
Born in 1977, Raïssa Venables is American. She is residing in Pleasantville, New York.